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ALLOpod Episode IX – Live From Seattle!

ALLOpod Episode IX – Live From Seattle!

Howard Stern isn’t the only one who gets to have hot sexy girls in the studio. Musician Joe Sibol helped us out with his song Hot Sexy Girls.

This month’s show is not only a little late (sorry! Man, have I been busy lately), and was done back to front. We started this month’s show with our interview with Jethro and Beau of the new sketch comedy show, Throbosho! The guys told us about their (*ahem*) creative process, what they do in their spare time, and their aspirations for the future.

Since we were in Seattle, we had Andrew Burton stop by to read this month’s technology haiku:

“unity”

talk long distances

the internet unites us

all faces flatscreen

Andrew answered a few questions about his creative process before pizza drew him away.

Joe Sibol’s song Inspiration of Love carried us into the second half of the show, where guest-host Kris Boustedt and I discussed a number of different topics, including Washington state’s recent legislation outlawing smoking in many public areas, the U.S. government spying on U.S. citizens with wiretaps, and a really deep discussion about wealth and self-worth.

If you have any questions or comments, or if you want to help sponsor the show, e-mail us at: podcast alifelessordinary . If you send us a question or comment, be sure to mention if you want to be included in the shout-outs.

If you want to hear your name mentioned in our shout-outs, send an e-mail to: podcast alifelessordinary . Please include your name and location (for example, “Thomas in Spokane, WA” or “Phoenix in Japan”).

Links:

Jow Sibol [del.icio.us]

Throbosho! [del.icio.us]

The Bad Things [del.icio.us]

Andrew Burton [del.icio.us]

The 4th Amendment [del.icio.us]

Phoenix’s Blog [del.icio.us]

Kopi Luwak (a.k.a. Poop Coffee) [del.icio.us]

ALLOpod Episode VIII – The REAL First Episode of the Year of the Dog

ALLOpod Episode VIII – The REAL First Episode of the Year of the Dog

Genre-defiant musician _AA_ rings in the Chinese New Year with a song called Gee, which he says reminds him of, “Dangermouse and Bananaman.”

One very interesting current event is that Dick Cheney shot a 78 year old lawyer in the face while they were out poaching. We have a brief discussion on how the situation is being handled and how the whole thing sets a dangerous president precedent for other people who are poaching (or shooting lawyers in the face).

As it turns out, we were wrong about the previous episode being the first episode of the year of the dog. The Chinese New Year was on 29 January, so it actually happened after the previous podcast was posted. Oops.

We also made a change to the way our single-episode sponsorship works. Last month we said that $25 would get you one minute, unless you sponsored the show during the months of February, March, and April. We have changed this such that now, if you’re one of the first three single-episode sponsors, regardless of which month you sponsor, $25 will get you four minutes of time to say whatever you want.

Also, the John Cage song I mentioned in the show is actually called 4’33”, not 2’37” as I thought. At least I was right about it being by John Cage (although, it’s kind of hard to get that part wrong).

In last month’s episode, we announced that we would have a contest and this month the contest was announced! Entering is easy, but you’ll have to listen to the show to find out how!

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you probably know about the trouble that some U.S. companies are getting into over in China. Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Cisco, and several other companies are feeling the heat from U.S. citizens as well as the U.S. government because they’re censoring content at the behest of the Chinese government. Turns out that not only are Chinese and U.S. citizens bummed about that, but so is the U.S. government; so bummed, in fact, that they created a task force to combat internet censorship. Which is ironic, since other facets of this same government are trying to censor those parts of the internet with which they disagree.

For Valentine’s day, Andrew Burton wrote us a special technology haiku:

“you need an ipod”

(special valentine’s day edition)

like the heart, or love

music completes the creature

you need an ipod

We transitioned to our interview with Stu Evey by listening to Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King as performed by _AA_. It was… Interesting, to say the least.

Also interesting (in a slightly different way) was our interview with ESPN co-founder, Stu Evey. He talked to us about the founding of ESPN, as well as the state of Spokane, WA (the city where we live). Unfortunately, we had some problems with our equipment that caused us to lose some of his answers. About halfway through the interview, I figured out what the problem was (and hopefully it will never happen again). If you hear some weird edits or if any of the transitions seem odd to you, that’s probably the reason why.

One really interesting question and answer that we lost was, “What was the first thing that aired on ESPN?” Stu’s answer was, “Canadian girl’s slow-pitch softball, because that’s all we could get the right to.” Classic. -)

Next month’s interview will be with the creative force behind the new sketch comedy show, Throbosho! You can download the pilot episode from their website (see infra for the link). We’re taking your questions, but we’ll be interviewing them in early March, so get those questions in ASAP!

If you have any questions or comments, or if you want to help sponsor the show, e-mail us at: podcast alifelessordinary . If you send us a question or comment, be sure to mention if you want to be included in the shout-outs.

If you want to hear your name mentioned in our shout-outs, send an e-mail to: podcast alifelessordinary . Please include your name and location (for example, “Thomas in Spokane, WA” or “Phoenix in Japan”).

Links:

_AA_ [del.icio.us]

Wikipedia: John Cage [del.icio.us]

XM Snags Oprah [del.icio.us]

Google vs. Google China in an image search for “tiananmen” [del.icio.us]

ESPN [del.icio.us]

ESPN: The No-Holds-Barred Story… [del.icio.us]

Throbosho! [del.icio.us]

Andrew Burton [del.icio.us]

ALLOpod Episode VII – First Episode of the Year of the Dog

ALLOpod Episode VII – First Episode of the Year of the Dog

This month’s first song is Beautiful in Grey by David Gielan (whose name I have no idea how to pronounce). But it’s the first podcast of the new year! We’ve done the maths and looks like we have an average of 400 d/ls every month. Not too shabby! Hopefully with some more aggressive marketing, we can boost those numbers.

This is an exciting year for ALLOpod. Not only do we already have several great interviews lined up, but we’ll be getting our hands on some new gear. Our first big purchase is a limiter (it’s already on its way), which should help keep us from clipping (among other things).

Unfortunately, our budget is still pretty thin, and all out of pocket, so we’re looking to get underwriting and single-episode sponsors. Underwriters would get a number of benefits, including prominent mentions in each episode, the show notes, and on the main podcast page. Single-episode sponsors would get sixty seconds to deliver any message they’d like. However, we’ve decided to let the first three sponsors have two minutes instead. If you’re interested in underwriting or sponsoring the show, send an e-mail to podcast alifelessordinary and we’ll send you more information.

We’re also going to be running at least one contest this year, the details of which we’ll disclose in the near future.

Another new feature is something we’re calling ALLOpod Extras. These will be short episodes that we release periodically and that focus on a single topic. Keep an eye out for the first one, and you’ll see what I mean.

We’ll also be starting a book club. Our first book will be announced next month.

One last feature we wanted to tell you about is that we will begin creating enhanced podcasts that have chapter stops and photos in them. If you’d like to take advantage of the enhanced features, you’ll need to listen via iTunes.

In yet another scatter-brained show, we talked about all sorts of things, ranging from the founding of Rome (and ab urbe condita) to doggie bags. I’m not sure how we got there, but listen and find out.

Recognizing that we were really straying off-topic, we decided to listen to David Gielan’s Through These Eyes. And what would ALLOpod be without Andrew Burton’s technology haiku?

“winter computers”

computers can work

longer, harder, and better

now i sleep all day

Afterward we had a long discussion about the film Brokeback Mountain and human sexuality. By the way, the version of Romeo and Juliet we mention was director by Franco Zeffirelli. In the course of our conversation, I felt it important to point out the difference between sexual orientation and sexual preference; they’re not interchangeable and I wanted to make sure everyone knew why.

Next month’s interview will be with Stu Evey. Mr. Evey was one of the co-founders of ESPN. We’ll be talking with him about what it took to get ESPN up and running, as well as his thoughts about the direction that ESPN is headed. We’re taking your questions for Mr. Evey, so get them in ASAP!

If you have any questions or comments, e-mail us at: podcast alifelessordinary . If you send us a question or comment, be sure to mention if you want to be included in the shout-outs.

If you want to hear your name mentioned in our shout-outs, send an e-mail to: podcast alifelessordinary . Please include your name and location (for example, “Thomas in Spokane, WA” or “Phoenix in Japan”).

Links:

David Gielan [del.icio.us]

Insider Hosting [del.icio.us]

Chinese Zodiak [del.icio.us]

Ab Urbe Condita [del.icio.us]

Andrew Burton [del.icio.us]

Brokebank Mountain [del.icio.us]

Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet [del.icio.us]

Life in Hell [del.icio.us]

Life in Hell: Because we are gay

The Superior Person’s Third Book of Well-Bred Words [del.icio.us]

ALLOpod Episode VI – Kris, God, and Ultracold Atomic Physics

ALLOpod Episode VI – Kris, God, and Ultracold Atomic Physics

On and On by Everyday Jones was the song we chose to start out ALLOpod this month.

Though he helped me out with the first thing I ever recorded for ALLOpod, it took until episode six for Kris to be on the show (by the way, the first thing I ever recorded for ALLOpod was the interview with Vote for Pedro in episode one. Kris ran the audio board while I interviewed the band). Emily and I had been wanting to get Kris on the show, but we live on opposite sides of the state, so that has made it pretty impossible.

This month, he happened to be in town, so we finagled him into being on the show. And since he was the guest of honor, we had him get the show going by reading Peter Bowler’s Superior word of the month. We even let him choose the word! He chose the word popinjay. I have no idea why.

The three of us got into a pretty heavy discussion about God and religion based on a conversation Kris and I had earlier that day. The basic idea is that it’s illogical to thank God for your successes and blame him for your failures.

We then talked about the war on Christmas and all agreed that it’s ridiculous that anyone would want anyone else to stop saying Merry Christmas. I know I’m biased, but I think we have a pretty strong argument.

As it turns out, I misattributed my quote about religion being a virus. It was Arthur C. Clark who said, “religion is the most malevolent and persistent of all mind-viruses. We should get rid of it as quick as we can.”

Kris brought up the amazing dinner we had eaten the night before. We went to a restaurant called Marrakesh here in Spokane and it was =amazing=. Kris mentioned feeling guilty about eating lamb, which led to a discussion about production for use (we helped Kris feel better).

All good things must come to an end, and our conversation with Kris was no exception. We wrapped up our conversation with Andrew Burton’s technology haiku:

“christmas 2.0”

i need the new one

this season has expired

christmas 2.0

After the haiku, Emily and I interviewed Colin Connelly, a graduate student at Harvard University. Colin is working toward his PhD in ultracold atomic physics. I have no idea either, but Colin explains it, so you’ll just have to listen. Turns out, it’s pretty dangerous. Colin outlined a number of ways to get hurt (or even die) in the lab. To lighten the mood a bit, he indulged us with a physics joke.

Everyday Jones carried us out of the interview with Here I Am.

And that’s about it for episode six.

Next month’s interview will be with someone. You know you want to tune in.

If you have any questions or comments, or if you want to hear your name mentioned in our shout-outs, e-mail us at: podcast alifelessordinary . If you send us a question or comment, be sure to mention if you want to be included in the shout-outs and if you do, please include your location (for example, “Thomas in Spokane, WA” or “Phoenix in Japan”).

Links:

Everyday Jones [del.icio.us]

PodsafeAudio [del.icio.us]

Kris Boustedt [del.icio.us]

The Superior Person’s Book of Words [del.icio.us]

Stupid Jumping Sheep Video [del.icio.us]

Andrew Burton [del.icio.us]

Throbosho [del.icio.us]

ALLOpod Episode V – Ye Olde Podcast

ALLOpod Episode V – Ye Olde Podcast

Be sure to crank your audio listening device to the “whippin’ loud” setting for Schrödinger’s Cat Paradox by cjacks, which is the song we chose to begin this months’ podcast.

Right off the bat, we announced a contest to help us name the people who listen to ALLOpod (the best we could come up with was ALLOpod minions). There’s a mystery prize in it for the listener who chooses the best name (as judged by us) and we promise that the prize won’t be a cup of our spit).

Emily wanted to talk about a famous pseudo-anachronism that you’ve probably heard of: the word, “ye”. Turns out, the letter “y” should actually be what’s called a thorn (which looks like this: Þ) and is pronounced “th”. So even if it says “ye”, it’s still pronounced, “the”.

Emily then goes on to assure me that the runic alphabet is called the Futhark, and we discuss the futility of cursive handwriting. Since we’re chatting about writing (and since November is National Novel Writing Month), I take the opportunity to talk about the novel I’m writing, and plug NaNoWriMo.

A topic we’ve wanted to talk about since episode one is self-publishing (and why Emily doesn’t like it). She presents her argument, but also makes some suggestions on how to best take advantage of self-publishing, as well as tells us why you shouldn’t pay your agent (or your publisher).

After that, we played a game called “real headline, or fake” that I half-stole (I mean, that I borrowed) from another podcast that I listen to (hey, at least I admit it).

At that point, we decided that we had been talking for quite a while, so we played another song by cjacks called Get the Groove On. After the song, we listened to Andrew Burton’s technology haiku:

“faster advertising”

dial-up, wi-fi,

d.s.l., satelite, cable,

all include pop-ups

Then we announced some exciting news: ALLOpod won a five star award from PodSpider! It also turns out that we were Newbie of the Week over at Podcast Pickle back in mid-August. It got me to thinking that a lot of podcast directories out there have a system for rating and/or reviewing podcasts, so we’re asking for all ALLOpod listeners to help us out and rate or review us, but do it honestly! We’d rather face the truth than ignore the facts.

We wrapped up the show with Peter Bowler’s Superior word of the month (which, to be honest, we almost forgot). This month’s word is Kakorraphiaphobia. It’s one of those ironic words.

We’re working on nailing down an interview for next month (the person we want to interview has agreed, we just need to set an actual date) and once that’s done, we’ll let you know who it is so you can submit questions.

In the meantime, if you have any general questions or comments, or if you want to hear your name mentioned in our shout-outs, e-mail us at: podcast alifelessordinary . If you send us a question or comment, be sure to mention if you want to be included in the shout-outs and if you do, please include your location (for example, “Thomas in Spokane, WA” or “Phoenix in Japan”).

Links:

cjacks [del.icio.us]

The Battle of Hastings [del.icio.us]

Futhark [del.icio.us]

Fricative [del.icio.us]

Phoenix [del.icio.us]

NaNoWriMo [del.icio.us]

University of Nebrasky Press [del.icio.us]

Andrew Burton [del.icio.us]

PodSpider [del.icio.us]

Podcast Pickle [del.icio.us]

The Superior Person’s Second Book of Weird and Wondrous Words [del.icio.us]

ALLOpod Episode IV – Antiquity and the Avian Flu

ALLOpod Episode IV – Antiquity and the Avian Flu

This month’s show kicks off with Everything You Read by Erik Ostrom. Then, for the first time on ALLOpod, my fiancée Morah joins us and answers questions about influenza and the avian flu. She said that best way to describe a virus is as an obligate intracellular parasite. Right, because that’s =exactly= how I describe a virus…

We chose the word, “histrion” this month because it’s so close to the word, “historian”. So what is the difference between a historian and a histrion? That is the question, isn’t it?

Then, you’ve been waiting for it for two months: our interview with history professor Dr. Bill Youngs. Dr. Youngs talks about his books and answers the question, “What kind of job can you get with a history degree, besides a history teacher?” Turns out, there are quite a few jobs out there.

Dr. Youngs also talks about his time at the University of California in Berkley during the Free Speech Movement in the mid 1960s, as well as how the death of Martin Luthor King Jr. affected the Berkley campus.

Erik Ostrom carries us into our next section with his dream-like song, You Were Watching the Sky.

Then, in true ALLOpod fashion, it goes way, way out there and we can’t stop mentioning a certain part of the female anatomy. Are you embarrassed easily? It’s clear we aren’t.

And we can’t forget about Andrew Burton’s technology haiku!

“batteries”

battery is low

charging charging charging then

battery is dead

We don’t have an interview lined up for next month just yet, but once we do, I’ll post it here and you’ll be able to submit your questions.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, or if you want to hear your name mentioned in our shout-outs, e-mail us at: podcast alifelessordinary . Be sure to mention if you want to be included in the shout-outs and if you do, please include your location (for example, “Thomas in Spokane, WA” or “Phoenix in Japan”).

Links:

Erik Ostrom [del.icio.us]

NIAID Initiates Trial of Experimental Avian Flu Vaccine [del.icio.us]

World Health Organization [del.icio.us]

KEWU Jazz 89.5 [del.icio.us]

Skepticality [del.icio.us]

Amazon.com: J. William T. Youngs [del.icio.us]

Andrew Burton [del.icio.us]

ALLOpod Episode III – The Interdictor Interview

ALLOpod Episode III – The Interdictor Interview

We break format this month to bring you a very special interview. As you know, hurricane Katrina has devastated the Gulf Coast of the United States. We felt it only fitting to pay tribute to those affected by bringing you an interview with Michael Barnett, better known to the world as interdictor.

Michael’s gained recognition after a number of prominent sites posted links to his blog. His point of of view was like no other seen in the media; honest, immediate, and unabashed. Blogging from within NOLA itself, Michael was often privy to information before the news networks. His live video stream of the central business district became mandatory watching for those curious to catch a glimpse of what was really going on.

We are ever grateful to Michael for taking the time to talk to us. We asked him about life in NOLA during and after the storm, as well as a few questions that no one else seems to be asking (for example, when the sewage isn’t working, where do you go to the bathroom?). Yes, this podcast is rather long (1 hour and 12 minutes), but I feel it’s well worth it.

Next month we will return to our regular format and will present our interview with Dr. Bill Youngs, a history professor at Eastern Washington University. For more information about Dr. Youngs, please refer to the links below. If you have a question for Dr. Youngs that would like to hear answered on ALLOpod, e-mail your question to: podcast alifelessordinary .

Links:

Survival of New Orleans Blog [del.icio.us]

And to find out more about Dr. Bill Youngs:

Dr. Bill Youngs’ Website [del.icio.us]

ALLOpod Episode II – Sex, Lies, and Antihistamines

ALLOpod Episode II – Sex, Lies, and Antihistamines!

You’d be surprised how fast a month flies by when you have a podcast to produce. How do people with full-time jobs do this every week? Then again, when you’re the producer, editor, engineer, host, webmaster, et cetera…

The show kicks off with a song called Power Steering by the super-cool band, Pacemaker Jane. I found out about them while listening to another podcast and immediately knew I wanted their music on my show.

Our first show was really popular! In the podcast I mention that over 120 people have downloaded the first episode, and since then that number has jumped up to over 140!

Emily and I talk about the legal requirements for making claims in antihistamine adverts, the side effects of drugs, how your grocery store is lying to you, and the definition of truth in advertising according to the Federal Trade Commission. I also make mention of the “Chivas Regal effect”, which is the belief in a positive correlation between the price of something and its quality.

Not surprisingly, the conversation moves off-track, then suddenly (and accidentally) finds its way back. The primary topic of this month’s show is sexual education and how it’s being taught. The government’s current official stance is an abstinence-only approach, so I kicked off our discussion by naming several web sites that tell it like it is (including one called Like It Is).

It’s hard to talk about sex without mentioning porn ,especially as an example of what not to do, but in this instance Emily and I came up with a couple of ideas for porno movies. What can I say? We have dirty minds.

Joining us in our very fist over-the-phone interview (which went surprisingly well), is 18 year old comprehensive sexual education advocate Shelby Knox. Now a student at the University of Texas at Austin, Shelby starred in a documentary entitled The Education of Shelby Knox. The film follows Shelby through a portion of her high school career as she lobbies for comprehensive sex ed in conservative Lubbock, Texas. Shelby is a bright young woman who diligently and competently answered all of our questions.

Pacemaker Jane carries us out of the interview with their song Good Suspicion and, realising that time is running short, we quickly play Andrew Burton’s latest technology haiku, “plug and play”.

“plug and play”

plug and play is great

cannot find device driver?

that’s it, I give up

A new feature this month (and one that you will see in the coming months, provided Peter Bowler and Godine Publishing don’t have a problem with it) is the Superior Person’s Word of the month. This month’s word is ithyphallic. Want to know what it means? I guess you’ll just have to listen to the show!

Next month we’ll be interviewing Dr. Bill Youngs, a history professor at Eastern Washington University. For more information about Dr. Youngs, please refer to the links below. If you have a question for Dr. Youngs that would like to hear answered on ALLOpod, e-mail your question to: podcast alifelessordinary .

Links:

Pacemaker Jane [del.icio.us]

FTC Policy Statement on Deception [del.icio.us]

Go Ask Alice [del.icio.us]

Scarleteen [del.icio.us]

Like It Is [del.icio.us]

Condomania [del.icio.us]

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States [del.icio.us]

Separation of Church and State [del.icio.us]

The Education of Shelby Knox [del.icio.us]

PBS: POV [del.icio.us]

Red Cross [del.icio.us]

Contact Your Senator [del.icio.us]

The REAL Act [del.icio.us]

Advocates For Youth [del.icio.us]

Andrew Burton [del.icio.us]

The Superior Person’s Book of Words [del.icio.us]

The Compact Oxford English Dictionary (Hardcover) [del.icio.us]

And to find out more about Dr. Bill Youngs:

Dr. Bill Youngs’ Website [del.icio.us]

ALLOpod Episode I

ALLOpod Episode I

The very first ALLOpod! I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a bit on the rough side, but we’re still trying to find our feet, so give us a month or two to smooth it out.

I shouldn’t talk down the show too much, however, because we have some really good stuff!

This month, I interviewed Seattle-based band, Vote For Pedro. Their sound is… Well, let’s just say that it transcends words (in a good way). Three of the four band members joined me in Mr. Spot’s Chai House in Ballard, WA (where they later played a three-hour long gig) and we discussed everything from how the band formed, to the future of music in general. The interview includes a brief discussion on music piracy and whether the government is doing enough (or too much) to stop it. After the interview, I played a couple of their songs, which you can download from their website.

My co-host, Emily Kratzer, and I talked about the film Sideways and pointed out that the people who didn’t like the movie (Emily is one of them) usually dislike it for the wrong reasons. We also dredged up the Merlot vs Pinot Noir thing again, but I think I was able to justify it.

We also dissected the Weekly World News, something that I think we should do every month, because the WWN is a great source of entertainment.

And last, but by no means least, Andrew Burton favoured us with his monthly technology haiku. This month’s is entitled, “Try Harder”.

“try harder”

persistent, futile

a fly against the window

spam in my inbox

That’s it for this month! Be sure to listen again next month. It should be available around the 15th (because there are already podcasts that come out at the beginning and end of each month, but so few that come out in the middle).

Next month’s interview will be with Shelby Knox. If you have any questions for Ms. Knox, e-mail me (soon!) and I might ask her your question! If you don’t know who she is, scroll down to the links at the bottom of the page.

Links:

Weekly World News [del.icio.us]

Bigfoot is Dead. [del.icio.us]

The Week Magazine [del.icio.us]

Andrew Burton [del.icio.us]

IMDb: Sideways [del.icio.us]

Mr. Spot’s Chai House [del.icio.us]

Vote For Pedro [del.icio.us]

And for more information about Shelby Knox, please visit:

The Education of Shelby Knox [del.icio.us]

PBS: POV [del.icio.us]